This Kale Almond Pesto makes a wonderful alternative to traditional basil pesto plus it’s cheaper to make & it’s dairy free. Stir through freshly cooked pasta for a super fast & nutritious meal!
This recipe for Kale Almond Pesto was originally posted in April last year, a week or two after I started my website. I have been making it regularly since then and it has evolved a little for the better over time. I decided that I should update this post to reflect that and also retake the photos because, quite frankly, the original ones were absolutely terrible! My photography, although still not perfect, has improved considerably since my early days shooting with just my phone and I really wanted to do this delicious pesto justice by making it look a lot more attractive than it did in my earlier photos! (You can see one of the original photos at the very end of this post if you want to compare!)
Kale seems to be one of those things that you either love or hate. I love it and really enjoy the distinct flavour of this delicious pesto. It combines fresh kale, garlic, a little nutritional yeast, olive oil and almonds and takes minutes to make.
It is fabulous stirred through freshly cooked pasta but also works really well in my Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad, on pizza, in sandwiches/wraps and is amazing on a baked sweet potato with cashew cheese.
See how easy it is to make in this short video:
I love this pesto with Spelt Lumache Pasta from the Cowichan Pasta Company. Cowichan Pasta is the first pasta company in Canada making stone ground pasta with ancient grains such as Spelt, Emmer, Khorasan and Red Fife that is stored in whole kernel form, and then milled fresh with a grind that maintains more of the fibre portion of the wheat than over processed grains. It is made just an hour or so from my home and is a truly wonderful pasta. If you are in BC it is readily available in a lot of stores or you can buy it online via their website.
This Kale Almond Pesto is deep green with flecks of chunky, crunchy almonds. It tastes great freshly made but tastes even better after a few days in the fridge. I store it in a little mason jar and it is then ready for a quick meal at the drop of a hat. It also freezes very well.
This recipe didn’t get a lot of love the first time round because it was published so soon after starting my blog and I only had about two readers at the time! Ha ha! It’s amazing to think how far I have come in that time and it won’t be long until I am celebrating my one year blogoversary. I think a massive squidgy birthday cake recipe might be in order, don’t you?
I hope you enjoy my Kale & Almond Pesto. Leave your feedback below and share your pictures on my Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram. I am @avirtualvegan on Instagram and Twitter.
Kale Almond Pesto
- 7-8 medium Kale Leaves
- 5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (if you prefer not to use oil you can sub this for water but you won't get quite as good a consistency or flavour)
- 3 large Garlic Cloves (add more or less depending on how much you like)
- 4 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
- 70g | 1/2 Cup Raw Almonds
- Wash the kale and strip the leafy parts from the stems. Discard your stems or save them in a bag in the freezer with other veggie trimmings to make your own homemade veggie stock.
- Add the kale, olive oil, garlic nutritional yeast and roughly half of the almonds to a food processor or blender and process until smooth,
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the remaining almonds and pulse until they are chopped but not too small. We want the nutty chunky texture in there.
Disclaimer: I was not asked to endorse the Cowichan Pasta Company. Their products are ones I love and use myself. I think it is extremely important to support local businesses hence the link to their product/site. I am not affiliated with them in any way and I aim to only ever share products in which I truly believe and trust.
The Old Picture….